Posted on September 01, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 64 comments
Everyone has those days where it’s nearly impossible to concentrate on the task at hand. Whether it’s homework, housework, or office work, sometimes you just need a boost to focus. A lack of concentration can affect people differently, but some of the symptoms that you might experience include:
Below are some of the common causes for an inability to concentrate, as well as the essential oils that can be used to help.
One thing that can break your focus is the mid-afternoon slump. The sleep expert at WebMD, Michael Breus (PhD), explains that the body’s core temperature drops each night, signaling the brain that it’s time to rest. The same thing naturally happens in the afternoon as well, usually between 2 pm and 4 pm. It occurs on a smaller scale, but it still makes your brain believe that it is time to rest. This can cause a lack of concentration in whatever you do.
The last thing you want to do is ingest a sugary sweet or extra cup of coffee. Both caffeine and sugar can work against your body. You might pull out of the slump for a bit, but they both can cause a bigger crash later in the day. Try these essential oils to naturally uplift, energize, and sharpen focus:
Studies show that sleep deprivation can have a direct impact on cognitive performance. Poor quality sleep can slow down your thought process, leading to lower alertness and concentration. People who are sleep deprived have a difficult time performing tasks that require logical thinking. It can be difficult to remember things such as where you left your car keys or specific dates or appointments. Without a good night sleep, people can lose the focus they need to learn and the clarity they need to perform well in daily functioning.
Sleep is important, so even a 20 minute nap during the day can do wonders to improve your concentration. The ability to do so, however, is often limited. These essential oils have properties that can lead to a relaxed mind and induce peaceful slumber at bedtime:
Depression is a serious illness with many symptoms, and trouble concentrating can be a major one. Research shows, a lack of focus is why depression has such a social impact on people. Being unable to concentrate makes it more difficult to keep up with relationships, work, or school performance. Chronic depression can damage different parts of the brain, making focusing on even small menial tasks nearly impossible.
Medication is available to help treat the symptoms of depression. There are also many natural ways to alleviate symptoms, such as exercise and meditation. The following essential oils have been known to alleviate feelings of depression and improve mood to increase concentration ability:
One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is difficulty in concentration. According to research, anxiety can have a negative effect on spatial learning and working memory. Working memory is critical to the human brain, as it helps people solve problems effectively. When this part of the brain is affected by anxiety, it can lead to difficulty concentrating, multitasking, and completing routine tasks.
Anxiety can be managed with a variety of therapeutic interventions, including deep breathing and medication. The following essential oils have also been successful in treating anxiety through aromatherapy:
Anyone who is suffering from illness or pain can have a hard time concentrating. Researchers confirm that chronic pain doesn’t just cause physical discomfort; it can impair memory and concentration. It can be seen as a condition that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Pain can cause a lack of focus and an inability to retain information. Pain also has the ability to impair and distort past memories.
There are many forms of pain management that use therapeutic interventions and medication. Many people rely on natural ways to treat different sources of pain. The following essential oils have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to ease the pain that can break concentration:
No matter what is causing your lack of concentration, essential oils can help. Simply put the recommended oils into your essential oil diffuser, use in an aromatherapy necklace, or inhale right out of the bottle to refine your senses and increase your focus.